A SYNOPSIS OF A FIVE WEEK JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD
TENS OF THOUSANDS GATHER TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE FOUNDATION OF BIBLE SCHOOLS IN YIRGACHEFFE
Bill, leading a team, Drew, Kaia, Lana, Steve, Tim, Stephen and Endeshaw, arrived at the old home place where WE (Bill and Grace) served for years and raised their family. An estimated thirty thousand Ethiopians had gathered for four days to worship, listen to the preaching of the Word of God and celebrate fifty years of the foundation of Bible schools in this remote district.
Steve, a basketball coach and athletic director from Illinois was amazed by the huge percentage of the crowd that were young people. They got along just fine!!
Our granddaughter, Kaia, was a big hit with the gathered thousands representing the fourth generation of Hardings with gospel witness in Yirgacheffe.
She spoke to the crowd from I Timothy 4:12 “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young but set a an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”
In response, the crowd burst forth with the cultural joy cry called the “illilta”
This granddaddy was so proud of her!
Lana, a Christian psychiatrist from Kentucky. Straightened all of us out! Just kidding!
God used Lana in a tremendous way to speak into the hearts of the people, especially the women.
Her insight into the Scripture was passed on with great clarity and receptivity.
THE HARDING BIBLE SCHOOL
Tim, Stephen and Endeshaw stayed on for another week to teach in the Harding Bible School.
They also traveled out into the rural district teaching in other Bible schools and churches.
This was a tremendous encouragement to the churches and the students
GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO SIM THE PAST 125 YEARS WAS CELEBRATED AND PREPARATION WAS MADE IN THE WORD OF GOD, LAUNCHING US INTO THE NEXT 125 YEARS.
In beautiful Stellenbosch, South Africa, we had a wonderful reunion with our son, Drew, his wife, Janna and the five girls. They continue on with their ministry through their non-profit SENAI International. OH, WHAT FUN!
BILL WAS INVITED TO LECTURE AT CAPERNWRAY BIBLE SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. A SUPER TIME OF OPENING THE WORD OF GOD AND SHOWING THE PRIORITY OF MISSION.
ANOTHER REUNION!! HAD A GRAND VISIT WITH OUR SON, RYAN, HIS WIFE, MELISSA AND THREE GRANDS. THEY HAVE DONATED ONE YEAR OF THEIR LIVES TO SERVE AT CAPERNWRAY BIBLE SCHOOL. WHAT A JOY TO DO SYDNEY WITH THEM!!! AMAZING!
PRAYER AND PRAISE
- For full recovery from jet-lag.
- For 70 MBBs we witnessed being baptized in Ethiopia.
- For upcoming ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary.
- For God’s powerful work in hundreds of high school students at ALIVE SENT conference here in Charlotte.